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BeitragVerfasst: 2013-11-02, 13:39  Beitrag #1/5     Titel:  Länderberichte GERMANY: -English only-  Nach untenNach oben

Sex work in Germany

... important information for our international friends and migrant sex workers from abroad ...

Prostitution legalised in 2002

Evaluated by the Government in 2005:
The Act Regulating the Legal Situation of Prostitutes – implementation, impact, current developments. Prof. Kavemann e.a., SoFFI K.-Berlin, 43 pages
www.sexworker.at/phpBB2/download.php?id=77 PDF


Does legal prostitution really increase human trafficking in Germany?

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BeitragVerfasst: 2013-11-02, 13:44  Beitrag #2/5     Titel:  Founding of Sexwork Germany Association  Nach untenNach oben

Sexworker Forum sexworker.at was established 2005 and now 2013 we have the German Sex Worker Association "Sexwork Interessenverbund Deutschland":

Sex Workers Unite: Germany Gets First Prostitution Lobby

Interview Conducted By Jan Guldner

Image: Romanian prostitutes pose in the Pussy Club brothel in Berlin. A new professional association aims to improve the lives of prostitutes working in Germany.

Johanna Weber has founded Germany's first professional association for sex workers. She tells SPIEGEL ONLINE how she plans to fight for their rights -- and change the notion that all prostitutes are oppressed.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Two weeks ago you founded the Professional Association of Erotic and Sexual Services. Which professional groups does your organization represent?

Weber: Our members work in all sectors of the sex industry, as, for instance, prostitutes in brothels, Tantra masseuses or dominatrixes. Anyone working in the sex industry can become a member. Brothel owners are also allowed to join as long as they themselves are working or have worked as a prostitute.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why has there been no professional organization for sex workers before now?

Weber: We are not the first to attempt to found such an association. There have always been dedicated advocates who have tried to build something, and we still benefit from some of their work today. We want to establish a permanent organization for sex workers. This is very important right now.


Weber: There is currently the public perception that thousands of women in Germany are being forced into prostitution. You read reports that these brothels are like Sodom and Gomorrah and that the police can't do anything about it. I am stunned by this, because it's simply not true. There are many good, clean brothels, and most of the women do these jobs independently and voluntarily.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: This week the magazine Emma published a large signature campaign in which 90 celebrities called for a tightening of Germany's prostitution laws. You want to prevent this. Why?

Weber: The draft law that is currently being discussed and that the Emma campaign promotes lumps prostitution together with human trafficking and deals with fully unrealistic beliefs. That angers us, because it has nothing to do with reality. We are not fundamentally opposed to certain regulations of brothels, but the provisions of the draft law are much too wobbly, and will ensure that our jobs aren't improved, but rather eradicated. The same rules that apply to small residential brothels are supposed to now apply to larger ones. That would mean the closure of half the brothels. We don't want the successes of the prostitution law to be destroyed.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: How has that law, passed in 2001 by a governing coalition of the center-left Social Democrats and the Greens, changed the industry?

Weber: Since the law passed, we can do our jobs legally, sue to get paid and receive social insurance. Moreover, our working climate has improved dramatically. Before, creating good working conditions was seen as encouraging prostitution, which was illegal. Now that's much better.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: And yet many prostitutes still don't register their job with the financial authorities, even though that was one of the biggest goals of the law.

Weber: But many register as, for example, masseuses. That's ok by me, as long as they pay taxes. A large number of these women only want to do this for a short period of time. They are afraid they'll never get rid of the stigma. I can understand that this is difficult for many people. If you've got children, you don't want other kids calling them "child of a whore" in the schoolyard. It's a great burden if you can't tell your children what you do for a living, because the society in which we live won't accept your profession.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Many prostitutes in Germany come from other countries, like Bulgaria or Romania. Are these men and women also represented by your association?

Weber: The level of organization among the foreign prostitutes is understandably very low. But we have a working group that works with immigrants and that is led by a Bulgarian colleague. We want to be a point of contact, because foreign prostitutes, especially, often don't have anyone they can confide in. The police aren't much help. I have experienced two police raids myself and I wouldn't like to confide in police officers standing there with their machine guns.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Do you want your association to fight for better pay and working conditions for sex workers, like a labor union?

Weber: I see myself more as a lobbyist and only marginally as a unionist. But we are in close contact with the Ver.di service sector union, of which I am also a member. Their special services department is very helpful. For example, they provided us with space for our founding meeting and helped us with information sheets. But Ver.di can't do much more than that for us right now. Most prostitutes work for themselves, because they want to be flexible and, for example, stay home if their kids are sick. And many negotiate their rates directly with their clients, so there are seldom wage disputes in the field.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What are your first duties as a lobbyist for sex workers?

Weber: The first and most important step was that we stand up in the first place and make ourselves noticed. In our industry, that is not a matter of course. And now we want to make politicians aware of our interests. That won't be easy, since we have no money and don't know anyone. First, I need to learn how lobbying works, but I think we're headed in the right direction.

Source http://www.spiegel.de/international....association-a-930831.html




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BeitragVerfasst: 2013-11-19, 05:24  Beitrag #3/5     Titel:  A giant Teutonic brothel  Nach untenNach oben

Prostitution in Germany

A giant Teutonic brothel
Has the liberalisation of the oldest profession gone too far?

Nov 16th 2013 | BERLIN

HOW modern and liberated Germany’s Social Democrats and Greens sounded in 2001. They were in government and wanted to raise the legal and social status of prostitutes. So they enacted a law to remove the stigma from sex work by, for example, giving prostitutes full rights to health insurance, pensions and other benefits. “Exploiting” sex workers remained criminal, but merely employing them or providing them with a venue became legal. The idea was that responsible employers running safe and clean brothels would drive pimps out of the market.

Germany thus embarked on an experiment in liberalisation just as Sweden, a country culturally similar in many ways, was going in the opposite direction. In 1999 the Swedes had made it criminal to pay for sex (pimping was already a crime). By stigmatising not the prostitutes but the men who paid them, even putting them in jail, the Swedes hoped to come close to eliminating prostitution.

The two countries’ divergent paths have become hot political fodder in Germany. The centre-right camp led by Angela Merkel, the chancellor, voted against the 2001 prostitution law. In September it won the election but fell short of a majority in parliament. Mrs Merkel is now negotiating with the Social Democrats (SPD), the co-authors of the law, to form a coalition. And although the SPD is reluctant to acknowledge that it made an outright mistake, it is conceding that changes are needed.

Prostitution seems to have declined in Sweden (unless it has merely gone deep underground), whereas Germany has turned into a giant brothel and even a destination for European sex tourism. The best guess is that Germany has about 400,000 prostitutes catering to 1m men a day. Mocking the spirit of the 2001 law, exactly 44 of them, including four men, have registered for welfare benefits.

[ sole entrepreneurs usually invest in their business first and later in a pension plan https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet....amp;output=html&gid=2 ]

The details vary regionally, because the federal states and municipalities decide where and how brothels may operate. (Berlin is the only city without zoning restrictions.) In some places, streetwalkers line up along motorways with open-air booths nearby for quickies. In others, such as Saarbrücken, near the border with a stricter country like France, entrepreneurs are investing in mega-brothels that cater to cross-border demand.

If all these sex workers were in the business of their own free will, that would still be within the spirit of the 2001 law. Prostitutes’ associations insist that this is largely the case. But nobody denies that many women become sex workers involuntarily. Of particular concern are girls from poor villages in Romania and Bulgaria who may have been forced, tricked or seduced to come to Germany. Once there, they are trapped as Frischfleisch (fresh meat) in brothels, perhaps because they owe money to their traffickers or fear reprisals against their families at home.

Extreme opponents of prostitution in Germany, such as Alice Schwarzer, a radical feminist, conflate modern slavery and sex work, arguing that they are “inextricably entangled”. (Ms Schwarzer has issued a petition, signed by celebrities, to criminalise paying for sex as Sweden has.) Barbara Kavemann and Elfriede Steffan, two social researchers, say that slavery and sex work are in fact separate phenomena, and that occurrences of forced labour by Romanians and Bulgarians in the trade, as in agriculture and other sectors, “have little to do with the prostitution law” and much more with the accession of those countries to the European Union in 2007.

Known cases of human trafficking have actually decreased in Germany, from 987 in 2001 to 482 in 2011. [ www.bit.ly/bkazahlen ] Sceptics counter that most cases never become known because the girls are afraid to testify. The link between liberalisation of prostitution and human trafficking thus remains controversial. One study of 150 countries found that legalisation expands the market for sex work and thus increases human trafficking. Prostitutes’ associations have attacked the study as poorly sourced. www.sexworker.at/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=104802#104802

In the end, the policy choice comes back to culture and ideology, argues Susanne Dodillet at the University of Göteborg. Both the Swedish and the German laws originated in the feminist and left-leaning movements in these countries. But whereas progressive Swedes view their state as able to set positive goals, Germans (the Greens, especially) mistrust the state on questions of personal morality as a hypocritical and authoritarian threat to self-expression. Only this can explain why Swedes continue overwhelmingly to support their policy, and Germans theirs.

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BeitragVerfasst: 2013-11-19, 05:41  Beitrag #4/5     Titel:  Emma/Schwarzer Intl. Press Conference  Nach untenNach oben


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BeitragVerfasst: 2013-11-19, 05:43  Beitrag #5/5     Titel:  from Malaysia  Nach untenNach oben

A very unbalanced article from the Malaysian New Straits Times but at least the protest got mentioned. (Still, only 78 of a total of 656 words deal with those opposing Schwarzer and her appeal.)

Germany having second thoughts on legalised prostitution

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